The role of the Board of Trustees is to make sure that the Children’s Bereavement Centre operates safely, manages its finances effectively and to set the strategic direction of the organisation. The Chair of the Board works with the Business Manager to make sure the Children’s Bereavement Centre is working as well as it can to deliver the best services for families who have experienced a bereavement or loss.

Andrew Watson – Acting Chair of Trustees

Andrew joined the CBC as a Trustee in 2015 becoming Vice Chair in November 2017.  Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with experience in a diverse range industries and business situations.  Over the last 10 years he has held a number of senior management and Board positions with a focus not only on financial performance and compliance but also increasingly on strategic business development. Having lived in the area all his life he is fully aware of the valuable role that the CBC plays in the local community.  Andrew is committed to ensuring that the organisation builds on its strengths to deliver its much needed services.


Simon Shaw – Treasurer

Simon has been a Trustee and Treasurer of the charity since its formation in 2003.  During this time Simon has seen many changes in the charity as it continues to develop its services.  Simon is a partner in a leading local accountants firm and brings his business expertise to the operation of the charity.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Newark as well as helping other local charity and business groups on a voluntary basis.


Julia Percy RGN – Trustee

Julia started working with the founder of the charity in 2007 in her professional role as a nurse at a local school.  They worked together supporting many students age 7-18 years of age with various bereavement needs.  The charity rapidly grew and demand for this vital work was high.  There was a need for more support and vision at senior management committee level so Julia decided to volunteer for the Children’s Bereavement Centre and bring her skills to a cause she is passionate about.  Julia trained as a nurse in 1984 at St James University Hospital, Leeds and worked in A&E, then specialised in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery being Senior Sister of the unit at Killingbeck Hospital.  Julia then further trained in counselling, specialising in teenage bereavement issues and worked with Cruse Bereavement in Leeds for many years on their steering committee and set up the Leeds branch of Cruse.


Sue Leadbeater – Trustee

Sue became aware of the CBC some years ago in her role as a solicitor being a Family Law specialist dealing with all issues from the breakdown of relationships.  Sue actively sought out some advice about bereavement services the charity offered when her own children’s father died.


Luke Rees – Trustee

Luke is a corporate and commercial solicitor with extensive experience of advising businesses, charities and community interest groups in relation to a wide variety of legal matters.  Prior to becoming a solicitor he was a teacher which led to him becoming involved in a charity delivering an alternative education programme to young people disengaged from mainstream education.  Luke’s time working for a charity gave him an insight into the challenges of the sector but also of the invaluable role that charities play in the lives of vulnerable young people.  This insight was instrumental in him wanting to join the Board of Trustees at the Children’s Bereavement Centre as was the desire to give the benefit of his professional and personal experience.


We are keen to recruit new members to our Board. The Board meets bi- monthly on a Tuesday evening, for about two hours.


We are looking for people who:

  • Understand and value the service provided
  • Want to become an integral part of the Children’s Bereavement Centre
  • Enjoy working as part of a dedicated team
  • Are willing to offer their own ideas and views
  • Can take responsibility when needed
  • Would show commitment and dedication

Ideally, your background should be in an area that can help continue the development of the Children’s Bereavement Centre as a professional body, but personal skills are as important. Equally, becoming a Board Member can be a fantastic learning opportunity for you to develop new skills. Over the last few years, we have had members with experience in legal work, social care, mental health, finance, administration and education.

If you think you have time to become a Trustee or would like more information, please contact Kate Baxter, Director of Services for an informal chat.

To request an application pack, please e-mail:kate@childrensbereavementcentre.co.uk

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